You can be reimbursed for medicines purchased in Finland if one of the following conditions is met:

  • you are covered by health insurance in Finland
  • your municipality of residence is in Finland
  • you are covered by health insurance in another EU or EEC country, Switzerland or Australia and you have received medically necessary during you temporary stay in Finland
  • you are covered by health insurance in Finland as a result of your work or you are a family member of such a person, who lives in another EU or EEC country or Switzerland
  • you are living as a pensioner in another EU or EEC country, and Switzerland but Finland covers the costs of your medical care
  • you have come to Finland to seek treatment, and you have prior authorisation from your country of residence (form E 112 or S2).

You can apply for the reimbursement of medicine costs from your own health insurance institution in the following cases:

  • you are covered by health insurance in another EU or EEC country or Switzerland and you have received medically necessary treatment during your temporary stay in Finland
  • you have come to Finland for treatment from another EU or EEC country or Switzerland without prior authorisation (E 112 or S2)
  • you are covered by health insurance in country other than an EU or EEC country or Switzerland or Australia.

Direct reimbursement of medicines

Reimbursements for medicines can often be paid as direct reimbursements at the pharmacy. This means that the reimbursement is deducted directly from the price of the medicine. You can receive a direct reimbursement for a pharmacy purchase in the following cases:

  • you are covered by health insurance in Finland
  • your municipality of residence is in Finland
  • you are living as a pensioner in another EU or EEC country, and Switzerland but Finland covers the costs of your medical care.

The pharmacy will confirm your right to a direct reimbursement from Kela’s direct reimbursement query service. Generally speaking, persons coming from abroad must first pay for the medication themselves and apply for retroactive reimbursement from Kela.

Applying for a right to special reimbursement requires a doctor’s statement

The right to special reimbursement can be applied for with a doctor’s statement (doctor’s statement B for Finnish health care). If you wish to apply for a right to special reimbursement, you must submit the appropriate doctor’s certificate to Kela.

You can receive the right to special reimbursement if you are covered by health insurance in another EU or EEC country or Switzerland and you are staying in Finland temporarily.

Applying for reimbursement

You can apply for reimbursement for medicine costs incurred in Finland on form SV 178

The application must be lodged within six months of incurring the costs. Copies of the payment receipts and prescriptions and an account of the treatment provided must be appended to the application.

Deliver the application form and the required appendices to Kela by post. The appendices can also be delivered through Kela’s e-Services system.